Cultivating the Elements Stewardship
(Formerly known as the Eco-somatics Internship) The energies of the soil, streams, sun, winds, and cosmic forces form an interactive ecology integral to the health of the land, just as the five elements-earth, water, fire, air & ether create a template for self-development. Steiner, who pioneered the field of Biodynamics, advocated that the farmer should establish a personal relationship to everything in farming because the process of growing is directly connected with continuous inner development. Seeing the farm as a living individuality on its way to becoming a being, is understanding the self in connection to nature. Opening to the balance and harmony of the elements within supports us to be stewards of our lives and the larger body of the earth.
Establish a direct sensory perception of the five elements as they exist within your body and your relationship to the outside world. This internship draws upon the principles of biodynamics, mindful gardening, ziraat, depth psychology, movement therapy, shamanism, theatre, and play. The internship ends with an individual and group creative project.
Stewardship: Spring May 7- June 3rd 24 hours + final project. Mondays & Wednesdays starting May 8th 11:30-1:30pm; Fridays 10am-1pm with the final project on Friday, June 2nd.
Live-in or Commute: Immerse yourself in community, with a place to live, cook, have dinners together, learn gardening/harvesting/food prep and daily spiritual practice or commute. Live-in stewardship + 15 hours of gardening and farm work/week = $275. Commuters can join the entire internship for $350. or can choose to add 15 hours of gardening work/per 4 weeks and pay $225.
**Currently in school? Ask your advisor about taking this as an independent study course for credits.
“I came to the Embodied Ecology internship to engage and disengage from life. What I learned will last a lifetime. Working with the earth to better ground myself enabled me to interface with the other elementals forces inside and out. Opening my heart to this wonderful enchanted world, I am now more engaged than even before. Thanks for pumping life back into my heart.” – Sibby Hansen, NY
“This internship helped me become aware of which elements play a larger role in the journey towards my passion – the fire element helped me transform energy that was usually reserved just for anger into a positive form of production and excitement.” —Larry Reid, Miami FL
To Apply: Fill out the Embodied Ecology Application and email firstname.lastname@example.org. If your application is accepted and you are asked to do a Skype/FaceTime interview,please send an application fee of $25. payable through the email address above via paypal. You can use this money towards your tuition for the program upon acceptance. A total nonrefundable deposit of $100 is needed to secure your place with your full tuition due one month before the start date.